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Old 05-24-2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a 2005 - 2008 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 as a second bike... I'll be keeping my 2008 R1, just looking for something more street oriented... Does anyone have one of these Monsters, or any insight? I've never ridden one, but love the way the old air cooled twins sound.. Plus I understand there's a lot less maintenance on a two valve desmo compared to the four valve liquid cooled engines?
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Old 05-24-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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Maintenance intervals are listed as 6K miles but typically after the first two adjustments the shims don't require changing. The valves are so easy to access that it is a joke compared to doing the same job on an I4. The 1000 dual spark is a great engine but don't overlook the 800 if you find one at a good price. Both will be way down on power compared to an R1 anyways.
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Thanks for the info... Any little bit helps... I'm still really interested in these bikes and hope to find one I can ride soon.
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I understand the S2R 800s don't have adjustable suspension... I'd bet the stock setup would probably need work... How much power difference is there between the two bikes... No replacement for displacement right?
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I thought only the 4 valve s4r had nice suspension. If the 1000 has the showa forks then absolutely go with the 1000. The non adjustable are horrible. The showas are still progressive springs and not that hot.

check for a swollen plastic gas tank, no S2r will have a metal one. You can easily spot it though.

swapping belts is good insurance.
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Single overhead cam has a small cam pulley, makes for a tight turn on the belts. No matter what the seller tells you change the belts, easy DIY. Good luck, it is a great bike.
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Thanks for all the insights guys, the Duc hunt is on.
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